Be sure to use plain olive oil in this moist and tasty cake; virgin and extra-virgin don't hold up to high heat.

Body+Soul, December 2008


Recipe Summary

20 mins
1 hr


Sweet Yogurt


Instructions Checklist
  • Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Brush cake pan with oil, line bottom with parchment; oil and flour parchment and pan. Place walnuts in food processor and pulse until finely ground (be careful not to overprocess); set aside.

  • In a large bowl, whisk together orange zest, flour, baking powder, salt, and ground walnuts. Make a well in the center of flour mixture and stir in eggs, brown sugar, orange juice, and oil until just moistened; do not overmix.

  • Pour batter into prepared pan and bake until a toothpick inserted in the center of the cake comes out clean, 40 to 45 minutes. Let cool in pan 10 minutes; transfer to a cooling rack to cool completely.

  • In a small bowl, stir together yogurt and confectioners' sugar. Before serving, dust cake with confectioners' sugar. Serve with sweet yogurt garnished with orange zest, if desired.

Cook's Notes

For a tall and elegant cake, we used an 8-by-2-inch professional cake pan. You can also use a 9-by-1 1/2-inch cake pan.